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Episode CV: The Elite Gamers Of The Benevolent Press

What’s better than have the Issues Program dudes show up to talk about the first half-year in gaming? How about having pro gamer, reviewer and model Raychul Moore joining the roundtable?

In a special episode the Bastards welcome Issues Guy, JC Sergeant and Raychul Moore to the program, as they dissect the current goings-on in the gaming world. Find out which games have already made it to their best-of 2011 list, and which upcoming titles they’re looking forward to most. Plus the gang chimes in on the true nature and style of Duke Nukem Forever, and figure out if L.A. Noire is a title that deserves to be on the pedestal that other gaming sites seem to put them on.

It’s all right here on this super-sized episode of the Boston Bastard Brigade. It’s Episode 105: The Elite Gamers Of The Benevolent Press!

Episode LXXXVIII: And Starring Gary Busey As Stryker!

After a week off the Bastards return to the roundtable! It most pleases the Busey.

This week King Baby Duck wraps up his coverage of PAX East, and the trio share their thoughts on the demos for Mortal Kombat and Tiger Woods PGA Masters 12. Anvil gives his weekly sports report, Blueonic reviews the movie Battle: LA and King Baby Duck says why Prometheus Bound is the first great new musical of the decade. Finally thoughts are thrown around about the new Dropkick Murphys album Going Out In Style, and Blueonic wraps it up with an Oh For Fuck’s Sake! dealing with the rise of the minimum wage.

It’s all right here in Episode 88: And Starring Gary Busey As Stryker!

The "Kombat" Is Bloody Back!

Even though I wasn’t “allowed” to play Mortal Kombat as a child, I still did. The moves, the Fatalities and the all-out gore drew all of us young kids to this wonderful title that was hated by parents and congressmen alike. With a brand-new Mortal Kombat title due next month can a game whose biggest draw was its gratuitous violence still bring in new and old players alike in our current-gen gaming society? After going hands-on with it at PAX East today, the answer is a strong “absolutely”!

At the Mortal Kombat demo lucky gamers had the chance to fight it out as one of many of the fighters, including Scorpion, Nightwolf, Kung Lao and Johnny Cage. When it came my turn I decided to go with Reptile, whose appearance has changed for the better since his creation. Instead of looking like a clone of Sub-Zero and Scorpion the slithering creature has a green skin color, a sewer-dwelling attire and a nasty dinosaur-like face. Once I began I went through rounds with Noob Saibot, Katana, Nightwolf and Ermac.

The fighting style is a lot more polished than in past games, despite the fact that there are more buttons than in the days of 16-bit gaming. You’ve got your regular punches and kicks, as well as your special attacks (i.e. Reptile’s acid spit). Another big improvement is the game’s special grappling attacks, where depending on how much power you’ve been given you can do various moves like a backflip or create a massive acid ball and fire it on your opponent’s back. Of course there are the fatalities, and the one I was able to do had Reptile spit acid into his opponent’s mouth, concluding with him ripping out the poor soul’s entrails. There also powered-up moves you can do, and with Reptile it involves some eye-poking, spine crushing and just all-out badass body flailing! What makes this Mortal Kombat more “realistic” is the body damage you and your opponent will receive during the battle’s progression. Bruises, cuts and flesh wounds are in heavy detail, down to a literal eye-popper if you’re lucky enough to take such a hit. You’ll even see some damage in x-ray mode, which showcases how nasty a battle like this can be. And for those who are wondering, yes, the “Whoopsie!” guy is back!

Before I even started playing the game I was handed 3D glasses to check out those features. I’ve been skeptical about glasses-based 3D gaming, but it seems like the folks at NetherRealm Studios got it right on the money in regards to how to properly do it. The blood and gore just flings out at you, and the worlds have much depth to them. Most importantly it’s in your face without being so, well, in-your-face. It looks nice and clean without having a gimmicky feel to it.

After what I saw today it’s clear that the games of old are coming back in full force, and Mortal Kombat is one title that has proven itself to be a huge step in the right direction. Come April 19 the world of gaming will be humming that classic fight song from days of old, and those same congressmen who hated the game before will once again be screaming in anger about how immoral the game is. I, along with the other gamers of the world, will simply point and laugh at them for their sheer utter stupidity at having nothing else better to bitch about. Time to fist pump and shout its title into the sky, for Mortal Kombat is upon us!

Episode LXXXVII: If It Walks Like An Asshole, And It Talks Like An Asshole, Then It Must Be Phil Collins!

The Bastards bring you another fun-filled episode that is sure to turn your frown upside-down.

This week King Baby Duck looks at the demos for Rage of the Gladiator, Dragon Age 2 and Marvel Pinball, and he & Blueonic give opposite viewpoints on the sports demos Major League Baseball 2K11 and Top Spin 4. Plus Blueonic shares his excitement about Mortal Kombat and the ultimate edition of Duke Nukem Forever, and his dismay over the fact that he has to miss out on the fun at PAX East this year. Next Anvil & Mr. Cuse share the sports duties, covering the biggest news from this past week.

Anvil reviews I Am Number Four, Blueonic gives his thoughts on Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden and the B3 crew compare their Oscar picks with their winners. Mr. Cuse shares his opinion on the funk album Inner City Sounds, and the gang end it all with a couple of Oh For Fuck’s Sakes!, one dealing with the MBTA (again!) and the other with filthy protesters.

So what are you waiting for? Click on the link here for Episode 87: If It Walks Like An Asshole, And It Talks Like An Asshole, Then It Must Be Phil Collins!